SEPTEMBER 2021 STUDENT RECOGNITION
Saniya Locklear is a senior at Samuel Clemens High School, who has been in the district for almost 8 years.
During her time at Clemens, she has been involved in numerous clubs and organizations such as HOSA,
Pie Club, Theater, NHS, and Student Council. During the 2019-2020 school year, Saniya was the Pride and
Patriotism cabinet head for Student Council. The next school year she served as the Parliamentarian and
is currently serving as President of the Clemens Student Council.
Saniya has had a passion for leadership for as long as she could remember. She is working towards being
future ready by taking AP classes and the Medical Assisting Internship offered at Clemens. After school,
she spends her time volunteering around the community. She also works with a national student-led nonprofit
organization that raises money to alleviate and eradicate medical debt in the U.S.
After graduation, Saniya would like to attend a local college and major in Biology. Once she has received
her undergraduate she hopes to be admitted into dental school to become an orthodontist.
Jordan Moore is a junior at Byron P. Steele High School. She began her time in SCUC ISD as a freshman at
Steele High School, moving all the way from Hawaii. Jordan has been involved in orchestra programs for
the past 6 years playing the violin.
She is in the Steele Varsity Orchestra and is the secretary and treasurer for the orchestra. On top of a full
plate of Dual Enrollment classes and Honors Algebra she also participates in a number of clubs including
the Book Club, Interact club and Anime club. She plans on attending college abroad in Germany to study
Biology and music.
FEBRUARY 2020 STUDENT RECOGNITION
Imari Bryant is currently a senior at Byron P Steele II High School. She is the daughter of Thomas Bryant, a retired Army vet and Sheri Bryant, a Civilian at Randolph Air Force Base. Imari was born in Hawaii and has traveled all across the United States. SCUCISD has had the most impact on her and is where she gained her leadership skills and her desire to become a teacher.
Imari lived in Hawaii, Mississippi, Kansas, Colorado, Georgia, South Carolina and then finally ended up in Texas and started 5th grade at Schlather Intermediate.
She has been an active member of Steele FCCLA for the past 3 years, as well as a Local and Regional Officer for FCCLA which stands for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. Imari has helped plan fall leaderships, regional meeting as well as community service events. She is also a member of Student Council, Knights at the Round Table and is a Class Officer. She is greatly appreciative of all of the different opportunities these clubs have provided.
This is Imari’s second year participating in the Practicum of Education course also known as Ready, Set, Teach. She is currently assisting in a fourth grade class at Cibolo Valley Elementary. During the four days that she goes to Cibolo Valley she instructs, evaluates, and enhances their learning environment. Imari’s goal is to make a difference in all of her students' lives.
Including all of these accomplishments, Imari maintains a reputation of being patient, a leader, compassionate and an outgoing young lady. She embraces these abilities through school involvement and volunteering.
Imari will be attending college at Texas State University to major in Education. She plans to teach elementary aged students, hopefully in SCUCISD.
Kaylin Banister is the 2019-2020 Samuel Clemens FCCLA President. She is a senior and the daughter of Amy and John Banister. Kaylin says “I’m a straight A student and I volunteer regularly at my church. I’ve learned and grown so much as a person through my FCCLA journey. I joined FCCLA as a junior. I was late to the game, so I was more determined to do better than ever. My partner, Miliani, and I joined the club junior year as a spur of the moment idea because my friend Samantha told us such good things about FCCLA.
We decided to compete in the hospitality, tourism, and recreation division. We made a resort and we had so much fun planning every little detail. I never expected how much Miliani and I would grow our friendship through FCCLA. I already loved my advisor, Mrs. Scull, but I have a newfound appreciation for her and all of her hard work being a teacher and advisor. FCCLA has taught me to never doubt myself even when I don’t think I’m capable of something. Making it to nationals and seeing all of my hard work pay off showed me that I’m capable of anything I set my mind to. FCCLA has taught me how to confidently speak in public, how to be a leader, and how hard work pays off. I've learned to believe in myself and my creativity, and to never sell myself short.
Before FCCLA, I would have never considered myself creative, but I proved myself wrong. I can't wait to help my peers realize how capable they are and help them bring out their best qualities. FCCLA has molded me into a better, more confident version of myself and opened doors for me that I never thought possible. I believe teens today, more than ever, need to be involved in FCCLA and family consumer science courses (FCS), learning about real world skills. FCS courses have taught me how to cook, take care of children, and how to positively impact children.
As the FCCLA president of my chapter, I plan on sharing these skills and beliefs with my peers to help them become better versions of themselves. Going into my senior year, I’ve realized that FCCLA is the best opportunity that I've explored in high school, and I hope that I can share the opportunity and experience of FCCLA with my peers.”
JANUARY 2020 STUDENT RECOGNITION
Emma Jachimowicz is a junior at Samuel Clemens High School who has been in district schools for three years. Over the past years, she has been involved in many clubs and organizations including FCCLA, volleyball, FCA, I Am Second, DECA, and TAFE, where she serves as an officer and has previously qualified for the state and national competitions.
Emma is a future-focused student in Advanced Placement courses which challenge her to manage her time appropriately and ask lots of questions.
Emma enjoys serving her community by volunteering at district elementary schools, helping in the nursery at her church, and by being the biggest Buffalo volleyball fan around. She is also a Ready, Set, Teach student who loves spending time in her mentor’s classroom.
After high school, Emma plans to attend Texas A&M University with hopes of owning her own business and being an author and public speaker. She also intends to get her teaching certificate and teach at the elementary level.
Rosalia Flores is a senior at Byron P. Steele High School. She is the daughter of Victor and Lorena Flores. Rosalia has been attending SCUCISD since 2008 where she has attended Wiederstein, Jordan, Dobie and Steele.
She is active in FCCLA, which stands for Family, Community, and Career Leaders of America. Rosie is currently serving as Region V Vice President of Projects for FCCLA. She is employed part time at Walmart in Cibolo and is truly appreciative for the great qualities she has learned from her job.
This is Rosalia’s second year participating in the Practicum of Education course also known as Ready, Set, Teach. She is currently assisting in teaching a Kinder and 4th grade class at Cibolo Valley Elementary. During the four days at Cibolo Valley, Rosalia plays an active role in the lives of the students. She instructs, evaluates, and enhances their learning environment. She believes no student should dread coming to school, so she does her best to make their time together enjoyable.
Rosalia plans on attending Kilgore Junior College where she will major in Early Childhood Education. She is excited to further her education and community outreach.
While attending college Rosalia plans to further her experience by working at a daycare and subbing at schools around the area. She plans to open a daycare of her own one day.
DECEMBER 2019 STUDENT RECOGNITION
Joshua Watkins is currently a senior at Byron P. Steele High School. He was born in Sicily, Italy and moved around to several different states and countries due to his parents being in the Air Force. After moving from England, his family settled down in Texas where he attended Watts Elementary in the 4th grade. He has stayed in the district ever since, attending Jordan Intermediate, Dobie Junior High and Steele.
He was a part of basketball for 3 years as the team manager; doing all the work people do not see before, during and after the games. By being in the program, he learned the principles of discipline, punctuality and honesty. He was able to experience the joy of being part of the team. His commitment to the team, and the team’s overall success, led to a State Tournament run in his junior year. This allowed him to meet the members of the school board and gave him another set of memories he cherishes to this day. Joshua feels grateful and blessed for the time he spent with the team and, while not being a manager anymore, he is still heavily involved in the basketball program and still friends with those people he bonded with over his 3 years of service.
Joshua has been an active member of the PALS program and part of FCCLA for 2 years. He has been a frequent member of the community service events, and has been recognized as a leader in the class. He was handpicked to represent PALS not only for the school board, but to represent the program at Dobie by speaking to their students to promote PALS. His peers describe him as having a charismatic personality. He is someone they can talk to and he gives sound advice.
Joshua plans to attend Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi to pursue a bachelor’s in kinesiology. He would like to pursue his dream of becoming a high school basketball coach and teacher, and continue to give back to his community after he finishes his education.
Isaiah Aguilar is a senior at Clemens High School who is involved in a wide range of activities, including Football, Swim, Band, Track, DECA, NHS, and FCA. He is the son of Amanda Aguilar and Byran Johnson, both of whom work as teachers; Amanda works as an Art Teacher at Clemens and Byran works as a Coach at Veterans Memorial High School. Isaiah also has a brother, Ian Johnson, a 4th Grader at Paschal Elementary.
He is the Samuel Clemens DECA President and competed at ICDC in Orlando, Florida his Junior year, which was also his first year in DECA. He and his teammates, Ryan Trevino and Vicente Perez, competed in the Independent Business Plan Event.
He lettered his Sophomore year after advancing to Regional Finals in the 200 Free Relay. He lettered last year as a junior in football, band and track, and will do so again this year. He plays Defensive End for the Samuel Clemens Football team, swims the 100 Free, 100 Breast, 50 Free and both 200 Free & Medley relay, throws Shot-put and Discus, and plays the French Horn as he approaches his 9th year in band.
Aguilar has had great success in the classroom as well. He is in NHS and enjoyed automatic acceptance to his first choice college, Texas Tech.
Aguilar understands the importance of volunteering in his community and has accumulated hundreds of volunteer hours over his high school career. He has worked with organizations like Knights of Columbus, NHS, FCA, DECA, and the City of Schertz to help better his community.
Aguilar has been Accepted into Texas Tech University in Lubbock, where he plans to Major in Business Management and Minor in Sports Marketing. Though he does not plan to continue athletics through college, he plans on launching a career in Sports Entertainment/Management.
NOVEMBER 2019 STUDENT RECOGNITION
Courtney Hargis is a senior at Samuel Clemens High School. Over the past four years, she has been involved in FFA, where she has developed as a dedicated leader.
Courtney is working towards being future ready by taking classes in Greenhouse Management and working as an intern for the HEB floral department. These activities have challenged her to take initiative, and to be a hardworking, critical thinker.
Courtney is very service oriented as she selflessly devotes time to the FFA program by serving as the chapter’s President and she is currently serving as the Guadalupe County Pecan Queen. She has participated in local charity fundraisers such as Bar-Y and Sweet Savanna.
After graduating from Clemens High School, Courtney would like to attend Texas Tech. She plans on graduating with a major in Horticulture and a minor in business to help persue her Horticulture career.
Jenna Magnusson, a senior at Steele High School, is the daughter of Brett Magnusson and Lisa Magnusson. Jenna has been in the SCUC district since the 3rd grade where she attended Watts Elementary. She also attended Jordan Intermediate and Dobie Junior High before Steele.
Jenna has held many different leadership positions during her high school career. During her junior year, she held the position of Key Club president and was one of the Steele tennis team’s co-captains. She is currently the President of the Steele Chapter of the National Honor Society. Jenna was also chosen to be a part of Steele’s Medical Assisting Internship to potentially gain her medical assisting certification.
Jenna has accrued many service hours working with the Key Club and NHS. She enjoys volunteering in different ways that both organizations have afforded her. Her belief about service to others is that it is up to us to help each other because it is the right thing to do, and it is rewarding emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
Jenna is in the top 7% of her graduating class. She has been accepted into Texas A&M University, Stephen F. Austin State University, and Texas State University. After graduating from Steele, Jenna is planning on attending Texas A&M University where she wants to complete a major in Kinesiology with a minor in Nutrition. Once she finishes her bachelors in Kinesiology, she plans to attend physical therapy school to become a pediatric physical therapist.
OCTOBER 2019 STUDENT RECOGNITION
Brandon Clark is a senior at Steele High School and has been a member of the district since Kindergarten where he attended Green Valley Elementary. He currently lives with his brother Tyler, mother Tabitha (who recently beat Ovarian Cancer), and his father Rodger.
Brandon, for the second year in a row, serves as the Steele High School Health Occupations Students of America President. This past year Brandon was also awarded the Area 1 Vice-President.
Over the course of his high school career he has become an International Qualifier for HOSA in Health Care Issues, which helped inspire his future plans to attend Texas State University. After high school he plans to study Nursing. After college, he plans on following his Nursing career and later becoming a Health Science Teacher and a HOSA Advisor.
Senior Canyon Tillmon has been a student at Samuel Clemens for his entire high school career. Starting as a freshman, he took as many pre-AP classes as possible. This led him into Dual Credit classes where he will now graduate with enough college hours to enter his first choice college, Texas State University, as a college sophomore! Last year, in addition to culinary arts and his many other honors classes, Canyon became involved in FFA and is thinking of pursuing a career in horticulture. He says what he has learned in Culinary Arts, welding, and Ag classes will undoubtedly shape his career.
Canyon’s teacher says “Canyon was chosen to represent Culinary Arts because he is a dynamic, charismatic leader among his peers. He is eloquent and intelligent, responsible and dependable. He is an enigma – outwardly he is a laid back, long haired, vegan. But when he begins to speak, you realize he is worldly, wise and mature intellectual. It has definitely been a pleasure and an honor to have Canyon as a student.”
SEPTEMBER 2019 STUDENT RECOGNITION
Catarina Dumas is a senior at Samuel Clemens High School, who has been in the district for four years. Over the past four years, she has been involved in numerous clubs and organizations such as Key Club, jazz band, and student council, where she has flourished as a dynamic leader. During the 2016-2017 school year, Catarina was a cabinet head for the student council. During the 2017-2018 school year, she served as the student council vice-president and for the past two years, she has served as the president of the organization.
Catarina is working towards being future-ready by taking classes in the International Baccalaureate program which challenges her to be a resilient, critical thinker.
Catarina is service-oriented as she selflessly volunteers her time supervising children at the Randolph Vacation Bible School, is a high-school teacher aide at Randolph religious education, and commits much of her time participating in Key Club service opportunities and planning many of the student council service projects.
After graduating with her high school and IB diploma Catarina would like to attend a college on the east coast and major in media arts with an emphasis in communications.
Kamile Kukleryte has been attending schools in the SCUC district for seven years. She started her education with us as a fourth grader. Her parents are Dr. Diana and Dr. Alvydas Kukleris.
Kamile is involved in many clubs and organizations on the Steele campus. Her involvement in extra-curricular activities keeps her busy. Kamile is active with UIL Academics, Orchestra, and our Gifted and Talented program. She also holds key positions as the HOSA Secretary, Class of 2021 President, Model UN President, and Student Council Activities Chair.
During her short time with involvement in UIL Academics, Kamile has excelled in the Biology and Social Studies events. As a freshman, Kamile placed in the District meet 1st place in Biology and Social Studies. As a sophomore, she placed 2nd in Social Studies. In HOSA, Kamile placed 3rd in Dental Science.
Her plans are to further her education and major in biology and then continue in the medical field. She is undecided as to where she would like to further her education.
MAY 2019 STUDENT RECOGNITION
Hailey Eickenhorst, of Byron P Steele High School, daughter of David and Deborah Eickenhorst, has been attending SCUCISD schools since 2006.
She is a dedicated student leader who has been actively involved in FCCLA as a local, regional, and state officer. She is also involved in HOSA as a certified medical assistant, Student council as a member, DASH officer and president, a class of 2019 officer, and a member of NHS and Floral Club.
Hailey will be attending Texas Tech University in the fall and majoring in Nutrition on the pre-professional pathway. After obtaining an undergraduate degree, Hailey will be attending medical school and studying to become a physician.
Samantha Maddox is a senior and is involved in NHS, the Positively Influencing Everyone club, the varsity tennis team, and the Technology Student Association.
Samantha is co-captain of the varsity tennis team, which she has played on since her freshman year. She helped her team win their first team district championship in 25 years in 2017. She has also placed at various other tournaments, including placing first in the girls’ doubles spring district tournament in 2018.
Samantha is Co-President of Clemens’ TSA program, and has been a member of the club since her sophomore year. She placed first in state for photography at the TSA state competition and plans on submitting more photos this year. She also plans on competing in a new category this year.
After she graduates, Samantha plans on majoring in mechanical engineering at Brigham Young University. She plans on using this degree to become a mechanical engineer.
APRIL 2019 STUDENT RECOGNITION
Matthew Pillar is a superior student who has displayed academic mastery while emerging as an outstanding campus and AFJROTC cadet corps leader. He has completed Advance Placement (AP) coursework in Physics and is well on his way to graduating with honors. Matthew is a graduate of the AFJROTC summer Cadet Leadership Course (CLC) where he was able to receive hands-on instruction, along with training and experience in leadership, team-building, academics and athletics. As a result, he has achieved and maintained an “A” in JROTC class all four years and was promoted to the rank of Cadet Colonel. This led to his selection to his current position as Clemens AFJROTC Cadet Corps Commander.
In addition to his outstanding performance both in school and in the Clemens JROTC program, Cadet Pillar has selflessly contributed over 190 hours of community service to his school and community. He provided several hours of support to our school by performing multiple school flag details, served on the Color Guard for school varsity sporting events, and competed on the AFJROTC Drill Team. He is also heavily involved and entrenched in the community through Eagle Scouts and the prestigious National Honor Society (NHS). He was awarded an $8,000 academic scholarship and will be attending UTSA.
Cassandra Pla-Winter entered Steele High School in the spring of 2018. This year, she is President of Student2Student, and Young Democrats of America. She is Vice President of the Gay Straight Alliance and is a member of the Film Club and Thespian Club. She is an active participant in the Model United Nations. After high school, Cassandra plans to study Political Science at Boston University and eventually enter the world of politics.
Cassandra has lived in places all over the US and Europe including Fort Hood and Fort Sam Houston (Texas), Fort Jackson (South Carolina), Fort Lewis (Washington), Fort Riley (Kansas), and Hohenfels (Germany). While stationed in Germany she had a myriad of cultural learning opportunities as her family was able to travel across Europe. She visited several countries including Hungary, Italy, France, Spain, and Austria which allowed her to experience a variety of different cultures.
Being immersed in a culture gave her a better, deeper understanding and appreciation for the customs and arts of different countries. Even though her life as a military child has been a series of difficult challenges that pushed her out of her comfort zone, she is extremely grateful for the opportunity to authentically experience new cultures.
MARCH 2019 STUDENT RECOGNITION
Gabriela Cruz-Mattos is a senior at Steele High School and has been part of the Schertz Cibolo Universal City ISD for the last 8 years. She is part of a military family and has had the opportunity to live and travel around the United States and many countries.
Her parents are SGM (R) Luis Cruz and Tamara Cruz-Mattos.
She has been a part of Student Council for the last four years and currently holds the office of President. She is the Vice President of the National Honor Society, the Community Chair for Future Health Care Professionals (HOSA), and the Senior Class Reporter.
She has received her certification as a Medical Assistant and is pursuing a certification as a Nursing Assistant. She hopes to attend Georgetown University in the fall and major in Global Health. Her goal is to attend medical school to pursue a career as a doctor
Madison St. John is a senior at Samuel Clemens High School. Over the past four years, she has been involved in FFA, where she has developed as a dynamic leader.
Madison is working towards being future ready by taking courses in Advanced Animal Science. She has also been a trainer for the Clemens athletic program. These courses have challenged her to be a dedicated, hardworking, and a critical thinker.
Madison is very service oriented as she selflessly devotes time to the FFA program by serving as the chapter’s secretary. She has participated in local charity fundraisers such as Bar-Y and Sweet Savanna.
After graduating from Clemens High School, Madison would like to attend Northeast Lakeview. She plans on graduating with a major in Biology and a minor in Nursing to help pursue her nursing career.
FEBRUARY 2019 STUDENT RECOGNITION
Katelyn Wesolowski is a senior at Samuel Clemens High School, who has been in the district for 13 years. Over the past four years, she has been involved in numerous clubs and organizations such as FCCLA, Swim, Track and Field, FCA, and PALS where she has flourished as a dynamic leader. During the 2015-2016 school year she was on the Varsity Swim and Dive team where she was the first ever diver to make it to regionals at Clemens. During the 2016-2017 school year, she was on the Varsity Track and Field team, along with VP for FCCLA. Currently she is now the President of FCCLA and still on the Varsity Track and Field team.
Katelyn is working towards the future focusing on children by being in her second year of the PALS program and volunteering as a Bible class teacher Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights which challenges her to be patient, calm, and understanding of the children's needs.
Katelyn is service oriented as she selflessly volunteers her time going to the Fischer house to help military families, going to the Silver Tree Nursing home, playing games with the elderly, and much more thanks to FCCLA.
After graduating with her high school diploma, Katelyn would like to attend Texas A&M University and major in Kindergarten and Secondary Education. Also thinking of the plan B, Katelyn would like to get a degree in Interior Design.
Maegan Keef is currently a senior at Byron P. Steele II High School. She is the daughter of Kimberly Keef, a teacher at Cibolo Valley Elementary, and Lester Keef, a salesman at Morrison Supply Company. Maegan was born and raised in Texas where she witnessed how much of a positive influence teachers make in our world.
Maegan first lived in Marion, Texas and moved to the Schertz Cibolo Universal City District in the second grade to Sippel Elementary and has remained in this district since.
She is an active participant in FCCLA which stands for Family, Community, and Career Leaders of America. She is competing in FCCLA and her competition material is tied in with the Practicum of Education class. Maegan is also employed part time at Mattenga’s Pizzeria in Schertz and is part of management there. She is truly appreciative of the great qualities she has learned from her job.
This is Maegan’s second year participating in the Practicum of Education course also known as Ready, Set, Teach. She is currently assisting in teaching a third grade class at Cibolo Valley Elementary. During the four days she goes off campus to see her class, Maegan plays an active role in the lives of the students. She instructs, evaluates, and enhances their learning environment. Maegan believes no student should dread coming to school, so she does her best to make their time together enjoyable.
Including all of these accomplishments Maegan maintains a reputation of being a leader, outgoing, comical, and carefree young woman. She harnesses these skills through school involvement and her job in the area. She is always volunteering her time and expanding others minds.
Maegan will be attending Texas Lutheran University and majoring in Early Childhood Education. She plans to teach 4th grade and further her career and community outreach.
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” - William Arthur Ward
JANUARY 2019 STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES
Ronald Estes is currently a senior at Byron P Steele High School, and is involved in many extracurricular activities, such as Student Council, NHS, Swimming, Gifted and Talented and AFJROTC. Over his years of High School, he has pushed himself to be the best he can be, and says one of the many things that has helped him get there is AFJROTC.
In his school, he has accomplished many things, with the support of those around him, and is an All State, Lettered Athlete. He has been promoted to Cadet Corp Commander in AFJROTC, and has been coined by Brigadier General James Doty for a community service projects. He has been recognized for my efforts with City of Cibolo by Mayor Allen Dunn and Mayor Stosh Boyle, and has been awarded the Valero Alamo Bowl Scholarship and American Legion Post Winner Scholarship which totals to 8000$ for his tuition and growing. He volunteers with his local Church as the Sound Manager and youth leader. Ronald also attended Boys State last summer for leadership training, which carried over into daily life.
In AFJROTC, he started as a follower, listening to those above him, and learning from them. He was involved in Color Guard and countless volunteer opportunities, such as Adopt A Highway, Campus Clean Up, Spirit Team, Relay for Life and many more. As Ronald persevered, he was given the chance to demonstrate what he learned from being a follower, to lead fellow cadets, through activities such as Cibolo Fest and Veteran’s Day Ceremony. His leadership skills are a direct reflection of the people who mentored him in AFJROTC.
Ronald’s efforts earned him the position of Corp Commander of Steele AFJROTC. His belief is to show understanding and have compassion for the cadets he is now responsible for. With this opportunity he will be able to demonstrate past lessons learned in the AFJROTC program.
His future plans are to attend the United States Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs, pursuing a career in Cyber Security with aspirations of being a United States Air Force officer. He is looking forward to serving his country with honor.
Jillian Moore is a senior at Samuel Clemens High School, who has been in the district for eight years. Throughout her years in high school she has participated in clubs such as KEY Club, National Honors Society, and TAFE. This will be Jillian’s 4th year on the varsity golf team. During the 2017-2018 school year Jillian served as the treasurer of TAFE, and is now the current president of TAFE. She is also currently serving as a region 20 officer and will be assisting and hosting the Region 20 leadership conference and contest.
Jillian is preparing for college by taking AP classes, and focusing on extracurricular activities and school work. AP classes challenge her to be a critical thinker and become better prepared for college courses, and she has already applied to Baylor University, Texas A&M University, and Texas State University. She has already received a $20,000 academic scholarship to Sam Houston State University.
Jillian has a passion for children and teaching and wishes to pursue her passion in college. After graduating from Clemens this June, Jillian hopes to attend Texas A&M to major in elementary education and minor in speech pathology.
DECEMBER 2018 STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES
Gracie LaGasse is a senior at Samuel Clemens High School that is involved in a wide range of organizations including DECA, NHS, former member of Key Club and Girls’ Soccer. She is the daughter of Judson ISD Kindergarten teacher, Melissa LaGasse, and Financial Advisor, Barry LaGasse. Gracie also has a younger sister that is an eighth grade student at Corbett Junior High.
Gracie is the President of the Samuel Clemens’ DECA program, and was an international qualifier in DECA’s 2018 competition with her Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research paper. In recent months, she has started a Public Relations Campaign with the goal of spreading awareness about the importance of self-confidence and respect, hoping to attain her goal of being a two time international qualifier.
Gracie has also remained very involved in her community resulting in the accumulation of hundreds of service hours over the years. She has been an active volunteer through BVYA, Camp Invention Science Camp for kids, surrounding schools, and other community events.
She earned her letterman in Soccer her freshman and sophomore year and has remained active in club soccer through Schertz’s Lions Futball Club. Although she is greatly invested in athletics, Gracie has decided to close that chapter of her life in order to focus on her academic career. She has recently decided that she will be attending Texas State University with a major in finance and a minor in business administration as she plans to become a pharmaceutical saleswoman.
Nyah Conrad is representing the Steele High School Inaugural Chapter of Business Professionals of America (BPA) as distinguished senior. Nyah is the daughter of Steve and Yolanda Conrad. Nyah has been a student here at SCUC ISD since her sophomore year in 2016-17. Nyah has two adorable sisters who also attend elementary schools in the district, Stevie and Jaime.
Nyah has made the most of her time at Steele High School not only excelling in academics but has grasped many leadership roles during her tenure. Nyah currently serves as the President of Business Professionals of America (BPA) and the Executive Officer of the Steele JROTC.
Nyah also participates in numerous extracurricular activities ranging from Model United to Student Council. She volunteers her time as a freshman orientation leaders, manages her team in the State of Texas Adopt-A-Highway Program, and The Chamber Balloon Festival. Nyah has won several awards to include: Best Delegate 2017-18 for Model U.N. and the ROTC Air Commando Award for Leadership and Integrity. She has really stepped up to help build the first chapter ever of BPA at Steele. We look forward to seeing Nyah soar as she moves through these next steps in her life.
After graduation from Steele, Nyah hopes to attend Howard University and study Political Science.
NOVEMBER 2018 STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES
Ashley Bewley is the VP of Leadership for Steele DECA. She helps guide the DECA team, she is in charge of the officers knowing the goals and agenda of the chapter, and she elects leaders to certain events so that they are properly conducted. All of which is to ensure the Steele DECA Chapter stays on the path to ICDC or nationals in Orlando, Florida.
Ashley has been in the SCUC ISD since her kindergarten year at Wiederstein Elementary School. This district has done many things for her, including teaching her love for math in the fifth grade at Jordan, getting her first and ever leadership position as Vice President of the National Junior Honor Society at Dobie, and for preparing her for college at Steele.
Her parents are Victoria and Lee Bewley and she couldn’t ask for a better set of parents to love her and help her grow into the leader she is today. From her freshman to junior year she played softball for our Steele Lady Knights softball team, but decided to focus her time toward something she could put her all into for her senior which is DECA. Not only is she a part of DECA, but also Key Club, Student Council, National Honor Society, and she is the President of her class. She holds other leadership positions as a New Student Liaison for Student Council and as a Secretary for the National Honor Society.
She has competed in DECA since her freshman year and has advanced to state every single year. After high school she plans to attend the United States Naval Academy and major in Economics. Ashley is planning on pursuing a path in business after her military career and she is excited for what her future has planned.
Kaylynn Vale did not want to do journalism when she was "put" in it during 7th grade at Dobie JHS. She quickly learned that she might be able to foster a newfound passion when she learned the power of the First Amendment, how to interview for writing articles, design and photography for the ultimate of presentation via newspaper and yearbook.
Six years later her self-motivation has earned her the status of Editor-in-Chief of The Stampede's 60th volume while balancing IB studies, being a Belle on the dance team, and working with PE Pals as a dynamic leader. She looks to attend college after graduation and to study a service-oriented profession with a degree in special education. She is also working now to gain her driver's license in order to be future ready.
OCTOBER 2018 STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES
Molly Lambert represents Culinary Arts. She is President of Culinary Arts Club and a competing member of FCCLA. Molly also plays the trumpet in the Mighty Buffalo Marching Band.
Molly is an advanced culinary student and will be taking part in the new dual credit culinary classes. She is also enrolled in several other AP and dual credit courses at Clemens and will graduate this year with over 30 college hours on her transcripts! Molly currently holds a 3.5 GPA and shows her self-motivation and future-ready traits every day in her advanced classes.
She demonstrates her service oriented side by volunteering to serve at and cook for banquets, meetings, luncheons, and events. Molly selflessly gives her time in organizing and working local and school run food pantries for food insecure students.
Molly displayed her grit and perseverance last year when she competed in every competition available to her, from band solo and ensembles, marching and concert competitions, area cupcake competitions, and regional and state FCCLA competitions.
This past summer, Molly was hired by Schlitterbahn water parks, due in part to her skills in communication and her ability to be flexible and confident in her skills.
Molly Lambert exemplifies the SCUC traits of a graduate.
Hannah Smith is currently a senior at Byron P. Steele High School. She is the daughter of David Smith, head baseball coach and assistant football coach at Steele High School, and Julie Smith a librarian at San Antonio Academy. Hannah was raised in San Antonio and has been around teachers and coaches her whole life.
Hannah moved to Cibolo when she was fourteen years old. She attended NEISD schools through 8th and began attending SCUCISD as a freshman, enrolled at Byron P. Steele High School. Hannah has remained in the district ever since.
She is an active member of FCCLA, Student Council, and FCA, which she holds a leadership position in. Hannah is also a second year PAL. PALS has changed Hannah’s life in more ways than one. She has gained leadership skills that she will use for the rest of her life but most importantly she has developed a passion for teaching elementary aged kids.
Hannah is a four year varsity soccer player. She has earned academic all-district her junior year and is currently a captain of the team. For the past three summers, she has volunteered at Steele’s youth soccer camp. She loves sharing her knowledge and skills with the next generation of up and coming soccer players.
Hannah has been accepted into the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas. She will continue her soccer career at the University and major in Elementary Education. She plans to get her coaching license so she can help the local high school during their soccer season. Her dream would be to come back to SCUCISD and join the amazing teaching staff here in the district.
SEPTEMBER 2018 STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES
Jordan Burton is a senior at Steele High School, and has attended SCUCISD for the past ten years. He is the son of Charles and Patricia Burton.
Tonight, Jordan will be representing the National Honor Society (NHS). He is currently serving as the President.
Jordan is involved in many school activities including I Am Second, Gifted and Talented, Key Club, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) where he has served as one of the student leaders for two consecutive years. Jordan serves his community through various volunteer activities and spends Saturday evenings volunteering at Catalyst Youth Ministries. While there, he helps maintain the building and greet guests while ushering them to their seats.
In addition to school activities and community volunteering, Jordan has also been recognized in Track and Field. His freshman year he placed second in JV Triple Jump, first place his sophomore year, and advancement to Area's his junior year.
Jordan hopes to attend the University of Texas at Austin's Cornell School of Engineering following graduation. He plans to study Aerospace Engineering and eventually become an engineer for NASA.
Catarina Dumas is a junior at Samuel Clemens High School, who has been in the district for three years. Over the past three years, she has been involved in numerous clubs and organizations such as Key Club, Jazz Band, and Student Council, where she has flourished as a dynamic leader. During the 2016-2017 school year, Catarina was the cabinet head for Student Council. During the 2017-2018 school year, she served as the Student Council vice president, and she currently serves as president of the organization.
Catarina is working towards being future ready by taking classes in the International Baccalaureate program, which challenges her to be a resilient, critical thinker.
Catarina is service oriented as she selflessly volunteers her time supervising children at the Randolph Vacation Bible School, running games and face painting at the Triumphant Lutheran Oktoberfest, being a student volunteer at the Clemens 50th Anniversary Fall Festival and being a high school teacher Aide at Randolph Religious Education.
After graduating with her high school and IB diploma, Catarina would like to attend a college on the East coast and major in creative writing to be a writer. Always thinking of “Plan B”, Catarina will also consider pursuing a career in law or politics.
MAY 2018 STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES
Dawson Milner is a senior at Samuel Clemens High School, and is the son of Don and Gayla Milner.
Dawson is very involved in a multitude of organizations including the National Honor Society, Technology Student Association (TSA), DECA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), football, and track. He is currently the TSA President and has advanced to state in tech problem-solving, as well as other events, for the past two years, and hopes to advance again this year. He currently holds the position of president. As a junior, Dawson was the FCA historian and is currently one of the senior representatives. He is very engaged with the worship team and develops lessons and activities for the meetings.
In addition to academics, Dawson works hard on the field. In football he is a second year letter and played on the varsity team as an offensive tackle his junior year and center his senior year. He has received academic all-district each year since his sophomore year, and second team all-district his junior year. In track and field Dawson competes in shot put and discus. After winning multiple meets for discus his sophomore year, he threw discuss for varsity his junior year.
Upon graduation, Dawson plans to attend college, majoring in engineering.
Kristen Reyna is a senior at Steele High School, and has been attending SCUC ISD since the 5th grade. She is the daughter of Kristen Reyna and older sister to four younger siblings.
Kristen is an active member of many campus organizations including HOSA, FCCLA, and the National Honor Society, as well as a class officer. She has been a member of FCCLA four years and has served as a regional officer for the past two years. Through FCCLA she has developed character, experience, and skills to not only prepare her for a career, but life as well.
In addition to these organizations, Kristen also serves as a Steele athletic trainer and volunteers her time in the community. Her hard work and dedication to Steele and the community does not stop there, she is also active in her studies maintaining a 4.0 GPA.
Kristen plans to attend Abilene Christian University where she received a $54,000 scholarship. She plans on graduating with a doctorate and is very excited to see where her education takes her.
APRIL 2018 STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES
Nyah Conrad is a junior at Steele High School, and is the daughter of Lieutenant Colonel Steve and Yolanda Conrad.
Nyah is actively involved in the AFJROTC, Model United Nations, and DECA. Currently she is the AFJROTC Public Affairs Officer where she takes pictures and documents events. As Deputy of the Model United Nations, Nyah assists her fellow teammates as well as travels to competitions throughout the state discussing political, economic, and social issues. She is also a member of the Steele DECA chapter that prepares her to be a leader in her career path. In addition to these programs and events, she also played basketball on the Steele Junior Varsity team.
After graduation, Nyah hopes to attend Howard University in Washington, DC., to become an attorney.
Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Eric Wray is the Vice Commander for the Samuel Clemens TX-82nd AFJROTC Cadet Corps and is the son of Michael and Laurie Wray. He has been a student in the SCUCISD for three years and is currently a senior with a 97.0357 GPA.
Cadet Eric Wray has emerged as one of the program’s cadet corps leaders through hard work, dedication, commitment, displaying outstanding leadership, and exemplifying the Air Force Core Values of Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do. Cadet Wray is a two-time graduate of the Schreiner University Tri-Level Cadet Leadership Course, and has completed over 150 hours of community service through NHS and AFJROTC volunteer events.
Cadet Eric Wray is a 2017 recipient of the coveted Military Order of the Purple Heart, which recognizes outstanding cadets who demonstrate leadership abilities, have a positive attitude toward AFJROTC and country, hold a leadership position in the cadet corps, are active in school and community affairs, and maintain a 3.0 average in their studies. Recently, Cadet Wray took over as the Samuel Clemens TX-82nd Corps Commander at the start of the spring 2018 semester.
Upon graduation from Clemens, Cadet Wray plans to earn his bachelor’s degree and commission from the military. His long-term goal is to earn his teaching certificate after retiring from the military, so he can give back to the JROTC program that has given him so much.
MARCH 2018 STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES
Haley Altman is a senior at Samuel Clemens High School. She is the daughter of Robert and Dian Altman.
Haley will be representing the Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE). “TAFE encourages students to learn about careers in education and assists them in exploring the teaching profession while promoting character, service and leadership skills necessary for becoming effective educators.”
Over the past 4 years, Haley has been involved in numerous clubs and organizations both inside and outside of school such as, TAFE, the STARS dance team, Meet in the Middle, and Pals. She is especially involved in TAFE where she has competed and advanced to State for the past 3 years. This past summer Haley had the opportunity to showcase Samuel Clemens’ “Be the One” program at the National Educators Rising competition in Phoenix, Arizona, where she and her partner placed 6th.
After graduation, she plans on attending Texas State University majoring in EC-6 or Family & Consumer Science and one day hopes to have her own classroom.
Yasmeen Said is a junior at Byron P. Steele High School, and has attended SCUCISD for the past ten years. She is the daughter of Professor Khalid Said and Andrea Pineda.
Yasmeen will be representing DECA, one of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) student organizations. DECA prepares leaders and entrepreneurs for careers and education in marketing, finance, hospitality and management through competitive events, professional development and leadership conferences.
Yasmeen is involved in many school activities including the Gifted and Talented, National Honor Society, and UIL Academics programs. She also serves as the DECA Chapter President and District 2 Vice President of Campaigns, Public Relations Chair Officer for the Student Council, Class Officer Vice President, Chapter President of the Key Club, and marching Band section leader.
In addition to her busy schedule and offices held, Yasmeen has advanced to the DECA State Career Development Conference for the past three years, has been recognized in the Accounting and Literary Criticism Academic UIL events, and received recognition and advancement in Region Band auditions.
Yasmeen hopes to attend the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business following graduation to study business economics and public policy, finance, and management.
FEBRUARY 2018 STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES
Marciano Parisano is a senior at Steele High School, and is in the top 7% of the 2018 class. He is the son of Tom and Jessie Parisano.
Marciano is actively involved in Magazine, Model United Nations, AFJROTC, National Honors Society, and is a 2018 class officer. He also volunteers at his church as a 7th grade Sunday school teacher, alter server, and assists with the PowerPoint slides during services.
Marciano is not only actively involved in these organizations but also holds leadership positions. He is the current elected president of the National Honors Society, Flight commander of 35 students and a squadron commander in the AFJROTC, is the business manager of Magazine, and is a 2018 class reporter.
Marciano attends many Model United Nations conferences throughout the year where he is placed in a committee to discuss current world issues and topics. This last summer, Marciano was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Air Force Academy summer seminar to experience first-hand what the academy offers and a glimpse of life as a cadet.
After graduating from Steele, Marciano hopes to attend the Air Force Academy. He was recently awarded a 4-year Army ROTC scholarship and has currently been accepted into West Point Prep School.
Jesus Lopez is a senior at Samuel Clemens High School, and has attended SCUC ISD since Kindergarten. He is the son of Jesus and Jodi Lopez.
Jesus has been involved in many programs throughout his education in SCUC. The past two years he has been a member of the PALS program and currently holds an officer position. In addition to PALS, he has been a member of band since 5th grade, and the LEO’s Club which he is currently president.
After graduation Jesus plans to attend Texas State University or UTSA to study law and become a personal injury attorney.
JANUARY 2018 STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES
AERIN SUAREZ - (12TH GRADE) - SAMUEL CLEMENS HIGH SCHOOL
Aerin Suarez is a senior at Samuel Clemens High School, and has attended SCUC ISD schools since kindergarten. She is the daughter of Walter and Delanah Suarez.
Over the past four years, Aerin has been involved in numerous clubs and organizations in and outside of school such as, FFA, DECA, and the Gifted and Talented program. She is currently serving as the FFA Chapter President and competes on the state Achieving teams raising animals at our district Toby Conner Agriculture Facility.
After graduating, Aerin plans on attending Texas Tech University and hopes to receive a dual degree in agriculture and applied economics and business administration while also earning her teaching certification.
HALEY PARKER - (12TH GRADE) - BYRON P. STEELE HIGH SCHOOL
Haley Parker is a senior at Byron P. Steele High School, and is the daughter of Seth and Stephanie Parker.
For the last four years, Haley has been actively involved in Journalism and AFJROTC. Haley is currently the editor in chief of the yearbook and manages a staff of 15 that will produce a 300-page book capturing the memories of the students and staff. Haley also competes on the UIL Academic team and advanced last year as a regional qualifier after winning first place at the district meet in the headline event.
Haley presently serves as a Flight Commander in the ROTC program where she is responsible for 38 first year cadets, and as Academic Team Commander. Last summer, she traveled to Washington DC to compete and finished in the top 1% out of 850 AFJROTC teams receiving an award from General Colin Powell.
After graduation, Haley plans to attend the University of Texas majoring in advertising. She was awarded automatic acceptance by maintaining a GPA in the top 7% of her graduating class.
DECEMBER 2017 STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES
MORGAN VARELA - (12TH GRADER) - BYRON P. STEELE HIGH SCHOOL
Morgan Varela is a senior at Byron P. Steele High School and has attended SCUC ISD for the past six years. She was raised in South Carolina and moved to Texas when she was 12 years old. She is the daughter of Freida Varela, a teacher at Maxine & Lutrell Watts Elementary, and Daniel Varela, a Systems Engineer.
Morgan believes strongly in being the change that the world needs. She is an active participant in Knights of the Round Table, has been the president of Page Masters book club for the past three years, and attends rallies to support teachers. In the summer of 2017, she attended a teacher protest at the State capitol with a group of teachers and Dr. Gibson.
This is Morgan's first year participating in the Ready Set Teach program. She is currently assisting in both a Kindergarten and 1st grade class at Green Valley Elementary. During the four days that she assists these classes, Morgan plays an active role in the lives of the students and believes that no child should leave a class disliking school.
In addition to changing the world and changing lives, Morgan volunteers in our district reading to younger students and is active in the Communities in Schools program organizing booths, creating bulletin boards on how to find help for depression and anxiety, and participates in the Project Success program encouraging teens to attend college by offering help and support.
Morgan plans to attend Texas Lutheran University and major in Early Childhood Education. She plans to teach 1st grade and further her career and community outreach.
“I am not a teacher, but an awakener” - Robert Frost
JONATHAN VOOS - (12TH GRADER) - SAMUEL CLEMENS HIGH SCHOOL
Jonathan Voos is a senior at Clemens High School, and is the son of David and Michaelle Voos, both of whom work for SCUCISD.
Jonathan is involved in a wide range of activities including football, baseball, DECA, the National Honor Society (NHS), and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). In addition to being involved in these activities, he also holds leadership positions. Jonathan is the District 2 Vice President of Social Media for Texas DECA, and was a state qualifier last year in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team Decision Making event. He is the Vice President of the Clemens National Honor Society and is the Secretary of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Not only is Jonathan successful in athletics, he has also achieved great success in the classroom. He is currently ranked 9th in his class at Clemens and is a 2017 American Legion Texas Boys State alumni and a National Merit Commended Scholar. Academically, Jonathan lettered last year as a junior in both football and baseball, and plans to do so again this year. On November 9, 2017, he represented Clemens High School as the CW35 Thursday Night Lights Scholar Athlete of the Week, placing him in the running for Scholar Athlete of the Year and a $5,000 scholarship.
Jonathan understands the importance of volunteering in his community and has accumulated hundreds of volunteer hours over his high school career. He has worked with organizations like Tri-City Baseball, Clemens Basketball, NHS, FCA, DECA, and the City of Universal City to help better his community.
While Jonathan has not yet decided where he wants to attend college, he is applying to a multitude of universities including Columbia, Cornell, and Rice. He will major in either economics or sports management, and ultimately hopes to earn his masters and find a job in professional sports.